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Local Growth Academy

The Local Growth Academy is a unique partnership set up to help anchor institutions, including universities, to contribute to local and inclusive growth. Read on to find out how you can be involved.

What is the Local Growth Academy?


For more about the Local Growth Academy, including how to contribute, contact Kevin Richardson, tel 0779 5257383

HEFCE is working with Universities UK, the Local Government Association, the NHS Confederation and other partners on a new development programme, the ‘Local Growth Academy’. 

The Academy is covering a range of different modules linked to the local growth agenda, with sessions delivered by an expert range of public organisations and professional service firms.

The themes covered include devolution, financing, major project development, inclusive growth, estates, working with private partners and much more. 

Register for the latest modules

Why participate in the Local Growth Academy? 

The Local Growth Academy will benefit participating institutions by:

  • building the individual and collective capacities of institutions to act as more sophisticated clients when developing projects in support of local growth, especially when seeking to engage professional service firms in support contracts 
  • increasing the number and value of projects which attract new forms of investment finance strengthening and sustaining collaborative capacity across different institutions
  • sharing innovation and best practice across the country. 

Who should attend the modules? 

Academy modules will be of interest for a range of leaders, especially those responsible for external stakeholder management, strategy, finance or infrastructure development. 

How the Academy is run 

HEFCE is working in partnership with the Local Government Association, Universities UK and the NHS Confederation to develop and deliver the Local Growth Academy. 

A Steering Group comprised of members of the partnership will manage the overall performance of the Academy and the organisation of the modules.

Registering for the Academy

Information about the modules can be found below:

Modules 1 and 2 - sold out

The first two modules of the Local Growth Academy are being held in spring and autumn 2017, in four cities across England.

The issues covered include:

  • Understanding Place
  • Understanding Devolution
  • Major Project Development
  • Localisation of Fiscal Policy
  • Growth of Risk-based Finance
  • Inclusive Growth
  • Working with Private Partners
  • Strategic Organisation Choices

Modules 3 to 6 - register now

Due to the success of the Academy, four new modules have been launched, each being organised in two locations in England. 

These modules are stand-alone and cover a range of critical areas linked to the local growth agenda. Please do register for one or more of these exciting sessions.

Use the links below to read more about each module and to register for your nearest session.

Rethinking the estate – challenging anchor institutions from different sectors to rethink the way they imagine their physical estate

Register for London - 21 November 2017

Register for Leeds - 22 November 2017

Knowing me, knowing you – supporting effective partnerships through a deep understanding of the complex cultural differences and challenges faced by different sectors

Register for London - 14 November 2017

Register for Manchester - 15 November 2017

Strategic management of major projects – examining how anchor institutions can improve the strategic leadership, planning, stakeholder management and control of major projects

Register for London - 12 December 2017

Register for Birmingham - 11 December 2017

Growth in all places – looking in detail at how the expected Industrial Strategy White Paper will attempt to design new policies that focus more effectively on place

Register for London - 28 November 2017

Register for Sheffield - 29 November 2017

Each day's module costs £99 (including lunch and VAT).

For more information please contact Kevin Richardson, HEFCE Local Growth Consultant, tel 0779 5257383


Page last updated 19 September 2017